I had never heard of Portmeirion until we were planning this trip and The Duke was adamant that one place he definitely wanted to see was Portmeirion. Apparently it is where scenes from a 1960’s television series called, “The Prisoner” were filmed.
The village is actually an architectural extravaganza created by one man, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. If you want to know more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmeirion
Otherwise, scroll down and be amazed by the pictures.
Like the previous day, the weather did not look particularly promising so we set out so that we were there when the gates opened at 9.30am. We were able to get 1.5 hours of sightseeing in before the rain set in. We could have spent longer there, studying the quirky architecture more closely and wandering more of the woodland paths but we very glad that we were able to enjoy some time at Potmeirion. The Duke is very happy that he was able to visit and he also bought a souvenir – a pair of socks with a logo from “The Prisoner”.
It was just after 11am by the time we left and since we were rather limited by the weather we drove down to Aberystwyth where we had a mostly dry day and we just looked around the town and picked up a few essential groceries.
We would have liked to see more of Snowdonia and the old slate mines in the area and perhaps even taken a ride on the Blaenau Ffestiniog railway but that was not be due to the weather. We will have to save those for another trip!